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4 Galveston to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Our first cruise. It was wonderful. The staff on the ship was GREAT!!!! All the shows were great, better than Vegas or New York. Need to do something about the departation.. Need to go by deck or color tag on your luggage. People are ... Read More
Our first cruise. It was wonderful. The staff on the ship was GREAT!!!! All the shows were great, better than Vegas or New York. Need to do something about the departation.. Need to go by deck or color tag on your luggage. People are real nice, till you get back to reality, then they go back to their real personalities. Beer is too expensive, can get a twelve pack here, for what they charge for two beers on the boat. I know they get the beer for what I pay, or less before they leave, plus they add 15% for gratuity. $5.18 a beer.. Come on.. You already pay $10 a day for tips. But, we will be back. We'll ride the ship. Walk the gauntlet everytime we get off, pictures, vendors, etc.. The best junk in Mexico... If you don't buy their pictures, what do they do with them??? Why don't they just give them to you? All right, got to get back to reality and go to work in the morning. See If I can use my sail and fun card and get my wife to get me a $6 Lonestar Beer. Loved it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
Sail date: February 25th, 2006. Transfer service: "Coach USA", grade F! We had to wait 4 hours for bus to pick us up, we almost didn't make it. Not to mention, the bus driver swore like a sailor and drove like a bat out of ... Read More
Sail date: February 25th, 2006. Transfer service: "Coach USA", grade F! We had to wait 4 hours for bus to pick us up, we almost didn't make it. Not to mention, the bus driver swore like a sailor and drove like a bat out of hell. Horrible service! Embarkation: Grade A. Transition was smooth and all Carnival staff were beyond helpful in this process. We got on the ship within 15 mins. Cabin: Grade A. We stayed in M12, which is the cheapest/smallest cabin you can get and it was a lot bigger than we both expected! Beds were very comfortable, robes were provided when we asked the stewardess. Every night we had turn down service with little towel animals on our beds :) with chocolates and the next days Carnival Caper which tells you all there is to do either on the ship on in the port that you will be arriving into. 1st port Cozumel: Grade B. I wasn't really impressed with the island, it had a lot of damage from the hurricane and the beach was really ruined from it. We took the Buena Vista Ranch Horseback riding tour (Mayan Frontier by Horseback) excursion and had a blast. Staff were extremely friendly and everyone had a great time. At the end of the horseback riding, they provide free soda, corona, and water. Great times! After getting back from horseback riding, we had a few hours to spend there in cozumel. There wasn't much to see in Cozumel because Carnival was going on, so we stuck to the little tourist traps around the port. We weren't too impressed. We ordered drinks from one Cantina (bar) and they were 9 dollars US a piece! Cozumel isn't as cheap as one would expect. 2nd port Progreso, Yucatan: Grade A+. If you're looking for authentic Mexico, here ya go. We took a taxi for $6US to the local market and bought many things for next to nothing, most things hand made as well. It does help if you speak Spanish in order to barter with them in a friendly way, plus it's easier to get by there because most don't speak any English. After the market, we walked (very short distance) to the beach and it was beautiful! Teal water with little straw huts to shade you. We had lunch at a little covered table on the beach, it was wonderful. After getting served lunch, we were serenaded by a local man on his guitar......could this get any better? O yea, p.s.....the drinks were only $4 here for the same thing! Cheap food, cheap things to buy, great people, great port! Days at sea: Grade A+. Never a dull moment. Carnival does a great job at keeping you as entertained as you would like. Onboard, we went to two great comedy shows, 2 vegas shows, they had a talent show, we also played a game called "in the bag" which was a hoot! I personally visited the spa and although a little more pricey than what I pay in the states, the service compensated any of that regret. I checked out the gym...state of the art! Everything onboard was very clean, people were very accommodating and hospitable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
Ahoy, matey! This was our first cruise of any kind, but it certainly won't be our last! Elation is a stunning ship, and the crew were all outstanding. If Long John Silver had taken this cruise, he'd of given up his evil pirate ... Read More
Ahoy, matey! This was our first cruise of any kind, but it certainly won't be our last! Elation is a stunning ship, and the crew were all outstanding. If Long John Silver had taken this cruise, he'd of given up his evil pirate ways in favor of commanding a carnival on the high seas. Carnival Cruise Lines, that is...There are a great variety of fun activities on board, from laying out by the pool sipping a "drink of the day" (my personal favorite) to dancing the night away into the early hours of the morning (my wife's personal favorite) in the Jekyll & Hyde Club or the Romeo & Juliet Club. The Karaoke club is a blast, even if you can't sing. That's OK though, a few more "drinks of the day" and you won't care. Word of warning here, though, drinks are about $5 a shot, so either set yourself a limit or prepare for a $500+ bar tab at the end of a 7 nighter. There are two fantastic formal dining rooms. Were were assigned to the Imagination. Our server, a beautiful, friendly Romanian girl, took excellent care of us and even remembered our names and what we liked to drink. And this brings us to the food. If you care about your figure, I suggest a diet the month before you go, because there is great food (including lots of desserts)everywhere you go, and as much of it as your over-extended bloated American belly can hold! Carnival has it down to a science. Man, if you can't relax and have fun on this ship you can't have fun anywhere! It seemed like everyone we talked to had cruised Carnival before and loved it. There's a great casino as well, although I'm not much of a gambler. I got sucked into the "3 card poker" hole for $100 and learned my lesson. Took me 3 or 4 "drinks of the day" to get over that one. But you know what, that was still fun, even though I lost. Actually the casino is way more user friendly than Vegas, so if you are a rookie blackjack player, its a good place to learn. Just understand up front that you are going to lose your money, honey. Now to the port tours. We did a lot of research before we left, and after talking to our table mates, I think we chose wisely. In Progresso, which is a ultra dirt- poor city, go to the Corona Beach Break. They'll load you on a bus, take you to a pretty beach, and fill you full of Coronitas or frozen drinks. There are strolling musicians (take a few bucks to tip them, cheapo) and a DJ set up with volleyball and other assorted party games. You can lay out or swim in the Caribbean for free, or jet ski at $30 for 1/2 hr. I chose to lay out on the white sand and drink, of course. In Cozumel, you just can't go wrong with the Dune Buggy/ Snorkel Beach Tour. It's alcohol free and I gotta be honest here, the snorkeling location sucked. I've been snorkeling in Cozumel swimming pools that were better than the place they chose. BUT, stay with me now, afterwards you get into your dune buggy and drive to some of the most scenic areas of the Yucatan you will ever see. You then swim in the sea, complete with a mini cliff dive area, and eat an incredible catered Mexican buffet set up for you right on the beach. Then you drive back through the town of Cozumel (which is kind of like entering an event on Fear Factor) where you return to the ship or go shopping. I recommend a few hours at Senior Frogs afterward to return your brain to the alcoholic haze to which it has become accustomed. Buy Tequila and some extra mexican vanilla before you return to ship. Don't drink one by mistake. (Don't ask me how I know.) Two words about Belize...snorkeling and diving. THE best anywhere. Go, do it, enjoy. You won't be sorry!!! Buy coffee and One Barrel rum. Yum. Never made it into town, so I can't help you there. Forget that...GO snorkeling! You are going to love this ship and this cruise. If you don't it's your own darn fault for being a whiny, bitter malcontent. Just kidding. GO! What the heck are you waiting for!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2005
My wife and I have crossed the Atlantic on a repositioning the past 3 years but this was by far the best. Everything about the ship was fantastic. Although we had 2200 pax it never felt crowded and there was always plenty of deck space ... Read More
My wife and I have crossed the Atlantic on a repositioning the past 3 years but this was by far the best. Everything about the ship was fantastic. Although we had 2200 pax it never felt crowded and there was always plenty of deck space near one of the many pools. We particularly liked having at least one hot tub available 24 hours a day and the buffet open from 6AM till 4AM. Princess Theatre reviews were Broadway quality. The huge pool deck movie screen showing movies 12 hours a day was even better than advertised. Disney type movies during the day and adult films at night complete with wool blankets on the lounge chairs. We felt the food was better than the previous crossings on Celebrity and Holland America. We met some of the 60 Cruise Critic travelers and learned they arranged shore excursions through the message board and saved a considerable amount compared to the ships excursions. We also have never witnessed a better organized tender disembarkation than the one at Cannes. Ship used 3 exit points and had simultaneous large French boats carrying 100+ passengers each. Think everyone was ashore in not more than 40 minutes. We shall certainly check out the cruise critic message board prior to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005

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